Check out the titles listed here from the National Science Teachers' Association (NSTA) Outstanding Trade Books for 2015 list. You might want to be adding age appropriate selections to your purchase lists for next year. I understand the Batman Science: The Real World Science Behind Batman's Gear will likely be a Guys Read title for the 2015-16 school year. Katie
Here's a thought provoking science video to share with your students-
Thanks to Jim for sharing finding and sharing this USA Today article on paper microscopes. What a wonder!
First 3-D printers, now this. Ask your students what will be next?
Check out Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto's eerily fascinating depiction of all the nuclear explosions on earth between the Manhattan Project in 1945 and Pakistan's two tests in 1998. This would be great to include in LibGuides dealing with any aspect of nuclear explosions from the science to the social impacts.
There is a wealth of information and resources on NASA's page for educators and if you're a science junkie and/or don't get enough email it is possible to sign up on this page for regular newsletters from NASA to keep you in the know about their education programs, activities and events. Katie
If you serve K-8 students and don't have a link to this wonderful site created by the Sea Grant program (and partners) for your teachers I'd recommend you add one to your webpage(s) and advertise it widely. There are lesson plans as well as science notebooks and tips for taking field trips. Also links to a few great videos as well as a short story read aloud in Tlingit!
We are looking into adding the site to the WebPath Express results in Destiny as well. Katie
NASA has created an entertaining interactive site where the viewer can investigate the multitude of ways inventions resulting from space-exploration-related research have been adapted for use in our own homes and cities. The viewer can move from the bathroom, to the bedroom or living room or switch to a city view to learn about devices all around us in our stores and airports. This site is jam packed with information! And, be sure to look at the NASA Education page for much, much more for students and teachers too! Check it out! Katie
Check out NASA's Wavelength, an amazing STEM resource from NASA and share it with your science, math, technology and if you have them engineering teachers. What a treasure trove of topics searchable by age level.
This eSchool News post reminds us of the fantastic program run by the Beckman Institute's Imaging Technology Group at the University of Illinois, called Bugscope, which gives students an opportunity to see insects through an electron microscope. Be sure your teachers know about this and invite yourself in on a viewing if they schedule a session.
Also in this post is a link to FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence). I'd recommend adding this to your teacher resource links on your home page. Katie
This collection of books about polar regions around the world is a diverse variety of titles compiled by the United Nations Environment Programme. You might want to look them over for additions to your library, though they're not all recent publications.
This page is part of an incredible website called PolarTrec. Here is how it is described-
"PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which K-12 teachers spend 2-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. The goal of PolarTREC is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing K-12 educators and polar researchers together." There are lessons and links to resources. There is a webinar with one of the participating teachers next week, August 9th, register here. Teachers have til September 3 to apply to participate the next school year. The program is based here in Fairbanks. What a fantastic way for students to get involved in hands on science. Check it out! kt